Posted by Ian Tolton on January 11, 2000 at 15:50:46:
In Reply to: Re: upright amplification posted by Ed on January 11, 2000 at 11:29:52:
: : : : Has anyone used or seen magnetic pickups on an upright? I am going to be playing with a full drum kit and need to control feedback somehow. Any ideas?
: : : : Orest
: : : What kind of music are you gonna be playing? The only thing I would consider using a magnetic pickup for is a rockabilly or jump swing group. You will get NO sound from the body of the instrument, only from the (metal) strings.
: : : So it's almost just for looks, having an upright on stage.
: : I'm playing "alt/pop" with a band called Eels. Some songs have drums and guitar as well as two horns. Some have quiet sensetive passages (arco). So you can see my dilema. I'm playing electric on some, but they want upright on other tunes that are borderline, and that's when I hear "can you turn up?" followed by "GodDAMMIT!" as the feedback screams. Magnetic p/u's would solve feedback concerns, but oh the price I will pay in tone...n'est pas? Orest
: The Josephs allegedly is bad for reproduction of arco. Maybe two pickups, one piezo and one magnetic, is the solution. Use a volume pedal on the piezo and pop the volume up for arco passages and back off for pizz.
: Or use an electric upright. You may also want to check out the Knilling Thinline quasi acoustic at knilling.com.
I have the same situation, i play in a band that has the same setup, and if you are the same Eels that i know, the sort of same sound. I use a magnetic pickup, a piezo and a volume pedal. turn the volume up for the bowed passages and you should be fine. the tone isn't the same as straight mike/piezo, but it sounds great for 'rawk' music.
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